Most of us adjust the way we speak for the person or people we’re speaking to. It could be as subtle as speaking a little more slowly and happily when talking to a small child. Or it could be as obvious as changing to another language. There’s a term for this shift - it’s called code-switching. Jeannie Yandel talked with listeners about when they code-switch and why they do it.
Carl Hiassen is a novelist and a columnist for the Miami Herald. His satirical portraits of South Florida characters, from corrupt officials to evil developers, resonate with readers all over the globe. His books have been translated into 27 languages. They include "Strip Tease" and "Native Tongue." His latest novel is called "Bad Monkey." He talked with David Hyde about his latest novel, and why he loves to skewer his home state of Florida.
Study Finds Improvement Among Nation's Charter Schools A new study out of Stanford University shows charter schools across the country are both attracting more students and, in some cases, doing a better job of educating them than public schools. We talk with study leader Dr. Margaret Raymond of Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes.
Seattle Times Tries To Help Solve a Mystery If you read the Seattle Times, on Sunday you might have noticed a front-page story about a mystery woman who died in 2010. It turns out not even her husband knew her true identity. Investigators are still trying to figure out who she was, and the Seattle Times is asking its readers to help. We talk with reporter Maureen O’Hagan.
Greendays Gardening Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Voting Rights Act The U.S. Supreme Court issued another of its long-awaited decisions, this one on the landmark 1964 Voting Rights Act. The Court ruled 5-4 to strike down a provision of the law that involves federal oversight for states with a history of racial discrimination in voter registration. How might the ruling affect current charges of voter suppression? We talk with attorney and voting rights advocate Brenda Wright.
New Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! Paul De Barros, critic for the Seattle Times, recommends jazz violinist Zach Brock.
What’s In Your Food? Take a look at a food label. Under the list of ingredients there are sure to be items you recognize, but what about polyglycerol? Aspartame? Or phosphoric acid? The Food Additives Amendment of 1958 was enacted to make sure chemical ingredients were safe for consumption, but how does the FDA monitor all of the chemicals and ingredients food producers use? Professor Marion Nestle, from the department of nutrition food studies and public health, explains what goes into the food we consume and how to be a more informed consumer.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
School's out! For many children in the Northwest, that means the beginning of summer camp. In cities, these tend to be little more than daycare with more field trips and longer recesses.
But many adults here will remember camp as something more expansive, where kids were issued bows and arrows and allowed to experiment with Darwinian forms of social organization. This producer's memories include a horrifying Lord Of The Flies moment when a boy was hung upside down from a tree and poked with sticks until the counselors found out and shut down a midnight capture-the-flag game that had spiraled out of control.
Nestled in between news stories this week you'll discover stories of summer camp. Here's hoping they bring back some lanyard-making, upside-down-milk-drinking, first-kissing, skit-performing, canoe-tipping, snipe-hunting memories.
Matthew Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate Magazine. His latest book is called "The Rent is Too Damn High." He talked with David Hyde about the latest on the economy, politics and immigration.
What Is Your "Walking Into A Room" Theme? When you think of Darth Vader, you undoubtedly hear "The Imperial March" playing as he swoops in, black robes flowing behind him. His theme song is as distinct to him as his dark clothing and red light saber. It sets the mood of the room before he even enters it, and it tells you a lot about him and his personality, without having to say a word. So if a theme song played every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose? Tell us what your song is and why by leaving a message on our feedback line at 206.685.2526 or by emailing Weekday.
Once again, it is the ever popular Conversation news quiz — where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge of what we talked about this week on the show. Our winner gets to wear The Conversation Crown for a week on our Facebook page.
Common knowledge says with age comes wisdom. So what do you wish you knew 10, 20 or 30 years ago? NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently wrote that he would tell his younger self to be patient, learn French and get his nose out of books to watch more TV. What about you? What advice would you give your younger self?
There are long held stereotypes that children who grow up without siblings are selfish, lonely and spoiled — and they stay that way their entire lives. It is a stereotype that has existed for decades, penetrated many generations and has not only held in America but in other countries as well.
Lauren Sandler looked at the stereotypes and researched the experiences of only children while writing her book, “One and Only: The Freedom of Having Only One Child and the Joy of Being One.” Throughout her research she came across the belief held by many that you are a bad person if you are an only child and you are a bad person if you choose to have only one child. But what does that look like inside the family? Sandler tells Jeannie Yandel about what it really means to be an only child.
It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. The president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Rich O’Neill has said he’ll accept the DOJ reforms and urges the members of the police union to do the same. The state is preparing for a shutdown if a deal is not made on the budget. Airbus expresses its interest in Washington state, as Boeing’s 787 faces more trouble in the air. Our regular panel is in to discuss the news of the week. What news piqued your interest this week? Share your thoughts by email.
Farm Bill Is Defeated It used to be relatively easy to pass the Farm Bill. Not this time. The Bill was defeated in the House What happened? What does that mean for farmers and people on food stamps? Todd Zwillich the Washington correspondent for The Takeaway explains what’s next for the Farm Bill.
The News From Space NBC News Digital science editor Alan Boyle discusses the latest news in physical and space science.
A Conversation With Stan Freberg Stan Freberg is a well-loved humorist and satirist of radio and television. He and his wife Hunter Freberg appear live in the KUOW studios to reflect on his career.
Video highlights from our interview with the Frebergs
That's the premise of Ignite Seattle, a regular worldwide event where presenters get five minutes to get a point across. Speakers at May’s event touched on a variety of topics, including busking in Pike Place Market, stalking strangers online and teaching children how to fail.
Ignite Seattle 20 took place at Town Hall on May 16. The talk was moderated by Seattle Times columnist Monica Guzman.